Connecticut's Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission is calling for Latinos to make their voices heard in the upcoming November election.

Commission chairman Isaias Diaz says Latinos have suffered disproportionately during the recession and they need to vote to play a role in the recovery.

The secretary of the state's office estimates the number of registered Latino voters in Connecticut at about 176,700, but only about a half of them typically vote.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says turnout is light as Vermonters head to the polls for the state's primary election.

Condos estimates between 8 and 10 percent of Vermont's registered voters will go to the polls Tuesday.

He attributes the light turnout to the lack of high-profile contests.

The interest that has drawn the most outside interest is the Democratic race for attorney general.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan is challenging incumbent William Sorrell.

Teenage activists from Lowell are lobbying Massachusetts lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow for 17-year-olds to vote in the city's future municipal elections. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

Lowell high school students and recent graduates campaigning in favor of the "Vote 17" proposal spoke to state lawmakers and Governor Deval Patrick Tuesday at the Statehouse.

Massachusetts' young voters get boost

Mar 22, 2012

Massachusetts teens as young as 16 would be allowed to "pre-register" to vote under a bill being backed by a key legislative committee on Beacon Hill. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

If the bill passes, the names of 16 and 17 year olds who pre-register would be added to the voter rolls after they turn 18.

Supporters say the bill is geared to help boost voter participation by getting teens involved in the electoral process even before they can cast a ballot.

The bill won the backing of the Legislature's Committee on Election Laws on Wednesday.